Human Capital & Aging

swissnex Boston participates in Harvard University’s symposium on the Global Demography of Aging.

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States


April 14, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)

Human Capital and Aging

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Program on the Global Demography of Aging, directed by David Bloom, organizes a workshop on “Human Capital and Aging” on the 13th and 14th of April of 2015.

This symposium is held in cooperation with the World Demographic & Aging Forum, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center from Stanford University, and the Fudan University’s Comparative Aging Society. This event, set to take place in Boston, is limited to 30 to 40 participants, who will have the chance to analyze and discuss the novel research presented for the first time.

The presentations are to be published in a special issue of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing. “Human Capital and Aging” serves the purpose of exposing novel results to different investigation areas and will count with critical reviews of experts.

The coming decades will expose us to demographic dynamics that have never been seen before in our history. This forces us to focus on the future, a period of time which we are not generally accustomed to reflect upon. This is why the megatrend of demographic change is so intimidating and makes it all the more crucial to be permanently prepared for innovation and creativity as well as openess for change.

It is not possible to precisely forecast population dynamics which are the outcome of ongoing change in longevity, fertility and migration. But it is possible to prepare for demographic change through appropriate education and the acquisition of knowledge. It is important to understand that demographic research is about scenarios. Assumptions or models never tell the full truth, but they can be helpful to prepare for the future through simulations and assumptions of their numerous variables, interdependences as well as causal relationships. If these analyses are done with professionalism, solid knowledge as well as creativity, the insights gained can help turn the mega trend “global demographic change” from a threat into an opportunity.

swissnex Boston will hold a reception for this workshop on Tuesday, April 14.

Symposium Program

You can find a details for the symposium here.


If you would like to attend this event, please contact Sandro Crameri at

For information about the reception held at swissnexboston, please see here.